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Beyond Medical Education: SoMe in Disasters

In Commentary, Featured, Opinion by Edmund Kwok3 Comments

In the world of medicine, Social Media (SoMe) has arguably made the greatest impact in medical education. What started as scattered simple blog posts on random topics of interest by keen individuals, movements like FOAMed have evolved over the past few years with establishment of robust frameworks for dissemination and active discussion around medical topics (for more details have a look here and here). But is there more to SoMe beyond medical education? Information …

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Medical Coaching: Don Miguel Ruiz’s “Four Agreements”

In Commentary, Featured, Opinion by Nadim Lalani0 Comments

In medicine and medical education, we’re often hyper-focused on medical content, rather than the art of medicine. I recently finished reading Don Miguel Ruiz’s book “The Four Agreements“1, and identified some excellent educational pearls for medical students, residents and practicing physicians; pertaining to self-awareness and belief systems. In his book (albeit with a rather religious theme) Ruiz walks the reader through what he calls the Four Agreements – contracts to make with oneself in order to …

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Email Etiquette: Thou Shalt Not CC Everybody

In Commentary, Opinion by Nadim Lalani2 Comments

I was reflecting on a recent conversation with my sister-in-law about someone who sent a farewell email to her entire company. We debated the appropriateness of this, and email etiquette in general. It made me think of stupid things that I have done with email. I thought that I’d share. Ever hit “reply all” by accident and sent a message disparaging someone? √ CHECK – This goes down as one of the most …

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Waves of FOAM: Does the discussion of quality and impact suggest #FOAMed’s maturation?

In Commentary, Counterpoint, Featured by Teresa Chan6 Comments

The founders of the Free Open Access Meducation (FOAM; #FOAMed) have described the phenomena as a movement. Historically, social movements have come in multiple waves. Feminism, for instance, is thought by many scholars to have at least 3 waves (some would argue 4), each with its own characteristics and stance on how to achieve its ends. If FOAM is a movement, it is likely to have similar waves of FOAMites with variable perspectives …

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As a Family Doctor, Ontario’s Fee Cuts Make Me Want to Quit

In Commentary, Opinion by Ming Yu2 Comments

I graduated from family medicine residency in Ontario three years ago. I’ve spent the last two years building up a family practice serving an underserviced population of non-English speaking new immigrants, as well as patients from about three to four local family physicians who quit prematurely due to burnout. At least weekly I work one night until 12 a.m. to review labs and update my patients’ records, filling out disability forms and advocating for …

Medical Narcissism.

In Commentary, Opinion by Robert O0 Comments

Medical narcissism is a term coined by John Banja in his book, Medical Errors and Medical Narcissism. Banja defines “medical narcissism” as the need of health professionals to preserve their self-esteem leading to the compromise of error disclosure to patients. In the book he explores the psychological, ethical and legal effects of medical errors. He talks about our need as physicians to constantly assert our competence and how this can cause otherwise capable, and even exceptional, professionals to fall into narcissistic traps. He claims that: “…most health …